Back in April of this year, I published an article detailing my battle with skin rashes. Looking for a name for the rashes, I found something called “contact dermatitis” which is very close in appearance.
The article was intended to humorously explain how I deduced from the locations of the rashes that the cause was our bed linens. As I reviewed the article, I’m still impressed by the illustration that our “technical staff” came up with.😊 Click on the link above.
Once we switched to Bamboo based linens, my rashes disappeared, i.e. 100%
The most probable cause is the epoxy resin and formaldehyde (yes, that formaldehyde!) used in the process of making the linens wrinkle free and known to be a skin irritant. To my surprise there is no mention of any possible chemical presence, no warning on the label. The sheets in question were produced in India. How would the American consumer know what kind of safety measures are in place?
The question now, and the point of this article is; are there grounds for a class action suit here?
The first 4 lines on the “Cornell” site above generally say yes, this may very well qualify as a “class action”. The rashes I suffered were not minor. They bled and required daily application of various skin creams along with 2 trips to a dermatologist to have them professionally examined.
Imagine how many dermatologist’s visits are going on right now with people who have yet to make the connection between their bed linens and their skin rashes.
In 1987, our EPA declared that the formaldehyde alleged to being used in the “wrinkle-free” process is a carcinogen. With the sheets manufactured in India, does the EPA have any authority on this question?
All of the above causes me to wonder if the dermatologists are aware of this and have they acted on it?
Is the EPA currently aware of these questions and have they recently tested for traces of formaldehyde or epoxy resins in products currently being sold?
All I have right now is questions. I’m hoping that this article is seen by a lawyer or 2 and that they’ll take a look at the probability of legal action.
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